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January 16, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970116
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:01 AM EST
FLIGHT DAY 5/6

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@kmail.ksc.nasa.gov

MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Pad 39B
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12 at about 4:27.22 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: about 7 minutes
DOCK WITH MIR: Jan. 14 at about 10:50 p.m. EST
UNDOCK FROM MIR: Jan. 19 at about 9:12 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 22 at about 7:57 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 30 minutes
CREW: Baker, Jett, Grunsfeld, Ivins, Wisoff, Linenger (up), Blaha (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: A quick look at the nozzles of the STS-81 Reusable Solid Rocket Motors indicates the nozzles eroded normally, with no pocketing or wash erosion indications. A more detailed assessment will be made as disassembly of the boosters continues. The nozzles are scheduled for shipment to Thiokol in Utah later in the week where detailed inspections will take place as part of routine post-flight activities.

The crew of STS-81 The crew of STS-81 are: Commander Michael Baker, Pilot Brent Jett, and Mission Specialists Jeff Wisoff, John Grunsfeld, Marsha Ivins, Jerry Linenger (up), and John Blaha (down).

MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assemble Building
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 11 at 3:56 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 65 minutes *
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at 2:30 a.m. *
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours
CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

*Please note changes from earlier status

NOTE: Managers announced today that a new launch date for STS-82 has been targeted for Feb. 11. The 65-minute window opens at 3:56 a.m. EST. Discovery is scheduled to be rolled out to Pad 39A tomorrow with first motion set for about 7 a.m. During tests yesterday, engineers discovered broken wires on the left hand SRB Safe and Arm (S&A) device. The wiring and the S&A connector will be replaced today and retested at the pad.

KEY STS-82 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Roll out to Pad 39A (Jan. 17)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Jan. 22-23)
Hot fire auxiliary power units (Jan. 26)
Deliver payloads to pad (Jan. 27)
MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 3 at 2:19 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 at 7:47 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 16 days
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work is under way to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. Water spray boilers are being serviced this week as auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks continue. Stacking of the right hand solid rocket booster in the Vehicle Assembly Building continues. The left booster stack is complete.

KEY STS-83 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Jan. 23)
Install Space Shuttle main engines (Jan. 27)
Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Jan. 28)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in VAB (Jan. 28)
Roll to VAB (March 3)

 

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